Published on June 20th, 2007 | by Mike38
Top 10 computer chairs – best ergonomic modern computer chairs
Most of us spend a lot of time in front of the computer, whether it’s on the office or at home. That’s why it is very important to have a decent ergonomic chair, if you don’t want to end up like the Hunchback of Notre-Dame…
So, i thought it would be great to make a top of the best computer chairs (modern, ergonomic or gaming chairs) you can find on the Web, and after a couple of hours of work, here it is. Hope you’ll enjoy it 😉
———— Important update ————
Some of you folks ending on this page mumbled about the fact that the chairs presented on this top are mostly concepts and SF stuff. Thus, I’ve also put together another list of very good computer and office chairs available these days, with more affordable prices also. By clicking this link you can access this list of “normal” computer chairs .
Number 10 – Vitra Headline fashion chair
This chair was included in our top for its incredible looks. Being a creation of Mario and Claudio Bellini, the Vitra headline looks like it was made out of just two parts: the seat and the back that includes the head rest.
The accent was put on aesthetics and ergonomics, the chair having an innovative backrest construction that relieves the spine and allow you to relax, while working on your PC. With this new support for head, neck and back, you won’t get tired anymore, so that’s why the chair should be recommended to those people spending a lot of time in their offices.
And, to make everything perfect, I would accompany the Headline with a matching computer, probably one of the latest Apple MacBook Pro notebooks.
Number 9 – Kneelsit swivel-chair
Kneelsit is a groundbreaking computer chair, well received by the public and appreciated by scientific and medical groups for it’s ergonomic properties.
Kneelsit has some kind of swivel-axe mechanism that makes it superior to other chairs, allowing you to sit comfortably for hours. The producers claim that whenever you use this chair, you will be comfortably balanced and have a good posture, keeping your spine health.
Besides the ergonomic aspect, the Kneelsit also is durable and stylish. The soft black leather upholstery, together with the steel frame, assures us that this chair is both comfortable and durable. And it would better be, cause it costs around 750 euros for the European market (800 $ for US).
Personally, I found it odd. It’s a little bizarre to sit before your computer virtually in your knees, don’t you think? But, I must agree I haven’t really seen or tried one of this things in real life, and from what other people say I must give it some well deserved credit.
Number 8 – the BMW side-seat
This one is a little old, but still pretty expressive, as it is hand made by this guy and it didn’t cost a fortune. Like many of us, he used to spend a lot of time in front of his PC and needed a comfortable chair. So, he decided to make it from scratch.
The centerpiece of the project is a beautiful passenger-side seat from a BMW car, that he found in a Junkyard. Coming from a luxury car, the seat has lots of electrics, including buttons for adjusting it for the ultimate comfort. This piece of jewelry was placed on a piece on plank-wood and screwed tight to it. And that’s it. You just place it in front of your desk. I agree, maybe it’s not the best looking chair ever or the easiest to move around, but I’m sure it’s comfortable.
Number 7 – Ultimate Shiatsu Massage Chair
I admit, this one is more an office chair than a computer one, but since most of us have a PC on our word-desk, I squeezed it in.
Like it’s name says, Shiatsu is the ultimate massage chair, a premium quality product, as it’s price (2700 $ ) shows. On the outside, this chair looks pretty fancy, all covered up in synthetic leather. But what’s inside is the most important part. A lot of types of massage programs can be selected from the LCD hand control, including therapeutic soothing Shiatsu, Swedish massage, air and vibration massage with various speed/intensity adjustments, full body stretch, etc. The advanced body-scan technology also allows each user to create it’s personalized massage program, thus fulfilling even the most exclusive tastes.
Number 6 – self adjusting chair concept>
The body posture has become a big issue among people working in offices all day long, that’s why a chair like Aeron’s concept, that can self-calibrate its back and seat in order to provide comfort and a healthy position for every person sitting in it, would be more than welcomed in out lives.
This chair actually meets the human tendency towards laziness, cause every adjustment will be made automatically. Actually, the panels of this Aeron concept would move together with your body. So, whenever you change position, the chair’s brain would calculate its optimum shape and would execute the necessary changes in just seconds.
This concept is more than great but I can’t imagine which boss would agree to buy this kind of chairs for its employees, as it won’t be a bargain for sure.
Number 5 – iMedia ergonomic chair
What we have here is an ergonomic multimedia chair, brought to us by Empower Technologies. Called iMedia, this product steps in front by integrating and ergonomically designed chair with iPod docking, a 15” TF screen and a 5.1 surround sound system.
And it’s not an ordinary sound system, is the Logitech Z-5500, with its 505 Watts RMS raw power. If you ever listened to this piece of engineering, just imagine how it would be to sit on the 10” subwoofer, as the chair also has a system called adjustable tactile transducer (bass shaker), that allows you not only to hear but also to feel the sounds.
The chair also features auxiliary inputs for connecting DVD players or gaming systems, for the ultimate multimedia experience.
Number 4 – Netsurfer
This thing comes all the way from Sweden and it’s called Netsurfer. The semi-reclined seating position has the neck, arms and legs all supported in such a way that it is comfortable for extended periods of Internet, game or computer usage.
The keyboard/mouse tray lifts to allow people sit in the chair. It’s kind of weird though that you have to sit with the computer between your legs? I don’t think female buyers would appreciate it, especially when they’ll wear some short skirts, but their male colleagues would certainly do. That’s of course if they are able to pay 2790 $ for the Netsurfer.
Number 3 – Ultimate Game Chair
The Ultimate Game Chair must be a way to heaven for gamers. Besides being incredibly comfortable, the Ultimate Game Chair also helps you feel like you’re a part of the action via built-in speakers and 12 different vibration motors that are synchronized to the game.
Other features include ground effects lighting, headphone and controller jacks, beverage and remote control holders and probably the most important one, stain-resistant fabric to help keep the chair from becoming Cheetos-orange after a few weeks.
The Ultimate Gaming Chair works with the Xbox, the Sony PlayStation 2, and the Nintendo GameCube. You can also play PC games using a USB 2.0 connection, or connect the newer consoles like Xbox 360 and Sony Playstation 3.
The chair can be bought for 399 $ (in US), and that’s not really expensive, considering what it can do and the fact that comes with additional joysticks.
Number 2 – G-Tech Neber chair
The G-Tech Neber ergonomic PC chair reminds me of going to the dentist, as it makes users sit in the same reclining and relaxing position. Not sure how comfortable it will be, but it seems pretty ergonomic and well built.
Neber also comes with support for an LCD monitor, for your keyboard and mouse and for the PC. Thus, we’re talking more of a computer desk, but the chair is still the center piece. Surely you won’t find something like this in offices, but could be great for back home.
More pictures can be found here.
Number 1 – PCE Personal Computing Environments
PCE is a radical re-design of the personal workspace, a modular and scalable platform that surrounds you with ultimate ergonomic, computing and entertainment solutions. It turns the idea of a gaming or computer station inside out, making players the comfortable centerpiece of an integrated digital command center, with high performance computing, gaming and entertainment technology at their fingertips.
• Full ergonomic adjustability will accommodate any size user
• 4 speaker Surround Sound by Bose (100 watts)
• Panoramic Viewing via Dual 21” flat screens with Vibration isolation construction
• Patented C-spine workstation configuration frees up space in front of the user
• Reclining foot and leg-rest support and elevate the lower legs, improving circulation
• Fully adjustable armrests with full neoprene support surfaces for the user result in improved mouse and keyboard use with less injury
• Aircraft Aluminum frame with durable powder-coat finish ensure top quality construction
• Ergonomic chair features memory foam cushioning with gel cell inserts
• The Ergonomics and biomechanics of the human body in relation to the PCE apparatus are optimal and natural.
• The PCE user is in a reclined position with support along the entire body; the torso is supported against the back of the chair with lower back & lumbar support.
• Feet are supported by a stable footrest with an approximate 100-degree bend at the knees.
• Shoulders and upper arms are in-line with the torso, and also supported.
• The head and neck are bent slightly forward, and supported.
• Forearms, wrists, and hands are inline with forearms, 90 degrees to the upper-arm.
So that about with this chairs top. I agree they are not the most conventional chairs and most of them are just sketches we might not seen in practice too soon. But they are still cool, aren’t they?
And of course, you can access this link if you want to see a list of very good but more traditional computer chairs you can get these days.
And while some of the computer chairs on this page can seem a bit unrealistic and unconventional, there are many office chairs available online suited to fit everyone’s budget.